Monkey Fist (Samurai Kids Series #4)

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The diversely talented Samurai Kids set off to rescue their friend — and find secrets in their midst -as the action-packed martial-arts series continues.

The Samurai Kids are ready to travel back from China to the Cockroach Ryu, nestled in Japan's Tateyama Mountains. But then the unthinkable happens: Kyoko, one of the Cockroaches, is kidnapped. Sensei knows it is the mark of his old enemy Lu Zeng, an evil minister of the Forbidden City who is obsessed with eternal life. The ...

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Overview

The diversely talented Samurai Kids set off to rescue their friend — and find secrets in their midst -as the action-packed martial-arts series continues.

The Samurai Kids are ready to travel back from China to the Cockroach Ryu, nestled in Japan's Tateyama Mountains. But then the unthinkable happens: Kyoko, one of the Cockroaches, is kidnapped. Sensei knows it is the mark of his old enemy Lu Zeng, an evil minister of the Forbidden City who is obsessed with eternal life. The Cockroaches must make a perilous journey to the Forbidden City, during which they encounter the mysterious, forest-dwelling Lin people. But Niya, the boy with one leg, has his trust tested when he learns that his best friend, Yoshi, is keeping secrets. Even worse, it seems that Sensei is not revealing all he knows either. Will all these secrets keep the Cockroaches from achieving their most important mission yet- rescuing Kyoko before Lu Zeng performs horrible experiments on her?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
When readers last left the Samurai Kids of the Cockroach Ryu, they had just assisted the Shaolin monks in China and were heading back to their home in Japan. But their journey reaches an unexpected turn when one of their group, Kyoko, is kidnapped by their teacher's old rival, Lu Zeng, a greedy minister obsessed with finding the secret to eternal life. To save their friend, the group must work together with the Lin, a secret society of forest-dwelling people, and learn their secrets of concealment, healing, and poisoning. But when Niya, the group's one-legged swordsman, learns that his friends and teacher are keeping secrets from him, his growing resentment and distrust threaten the success of their rescue mission. Can Niya learn the value of respecting secrets before time runs out for his friends? The fourth book in Fussell's "Samurai Kids" series, this volume continues to promote Fussell's themes of learning and self-discipline. While the novelty of showing how each character uses their apparent disability as a strength remains a draw (Nya can balance incredibly well on one leg, dexterous Kyoko has six fingers and toes on each hand and foot, hyper-aware Taji is blind, and strongman Mikko has only one arm), many readers will also be struck by how often the kids find nonviolent ways of solving their problems. While the kids constantly train and learn new types of stealth attacks, they understand that fighting is a last resort and to only use their more aggressive skills when all other options are exhausted. Their self-restraint allows them to be excellent role models for readers—not to mention good ambassadors for the basic philosophy of martial arts as well. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763658274
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Samurai Kids Series , #4
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 809,171
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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